Economic Impacts of Local Food Systems Webinar

The North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) is pleased to announce another webinar in the Good Food Talk Series: Topic: Economic Impacts of Local Food Systems: Measuring Outcomes Date: Thursday, May  25, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm Eastern Time (10:00 am Pacific Time) Webinar Presenters Rich Pirog — Director, Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University Dawn Thilmany — Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Regional…

Local and Regional Food Webinar – October 7th, 2016

“Local & Regional Foods:  Connecting Regional Efforts” The South has seen significant activity around local and regional foods systems in the recent months.  As a result, a team of Extension and research professionals have come together to create a process for connecting these efforts and growing the work across states and disciplines.  Come see what…

Webinar Opportunity! Fish and Tackling Sustainable Production

National Good Food Network Webinar Fish and Tackling Stimulating Sustainable Production Thursday, Sep 15 3:30 – 4:45pm ET (12:30 – 1:45pm PT) Free! Register Now On first blush, seafood seems quite different from our other food. Fishing is the last domain where most of the supply is hunted, rather than cultivated. Furthermore, we consume a much…

Local Food Economics Webinar…December 14th

In October 2015 the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems convened a special one-day invitational workshop focused on the economic impacts of local and regional food systems.  The core of the workshop was based on a USDA-funded local food economic toolkit project (see link immediately below); http://www.localfoodeconomics.com/ Because there was so much interest…

Most Americans Could Eat Locally, Research Shows

Farmland mapping project indicates more than 90 percent of U.S. could eat food grown or raised within 100 miles of their homes, helping economy and making agriculture more sustainable. June 1, 2015 Quick Facts: A project by UC Merced Professor Elliott Campbell mapped the potential of every American city to obtain food locally. Research shows…

Food Policy Council Map Released by Center for a Livable Future

The Food Policy Networks project at the Center for a Livable Future just released a new map that shows the location of Food Policy Councils (FPCs) in the United States and Canada, and the locations of organizations that convene these councils at a regional level. Check out the map here: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/projects/FPN/Map/index.html Mississippi Food Policy Council Mississippi Dr. DeMarc Hickson,…

Healthy Food Access

As a member of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, I co-chair the Food Access Subcommittee with Alicia Landry of USM.  We work on a variety of topics including underserved popluations and food deserts. Lack of access is not an issue that can be solved through a single-focused campaign. Rather, there are multiple factors that make…

American Farmland Trust Introduces “Growing Food Connections”

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2015 – Eight communities across the country will receive training and assistance to link family farmers and local residents who lack access to healthy food. Growing Food Connections (GFC) will help local governments, planners, family farmers, and consumers work together to strengthen their food systems.   “Growing Food Connections is a…

Cochran-Leahy bill would boost farm to school program

From The Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi 8:58 p.m. CST February 28, 2015   U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has joined Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont to introduce the Farm to School Act of 2015, a measure to improve a program that promotes the use of home-state agriculture products in school cafeterias. The Leahy-Cochran legislation (S. 569) would expand…

Current Food Policy Legislation

There are many food policy-related bills under consideration in the Mississippi legislature this term. Here is a quick rundown. Be sure to check out any legislation you’re interested in and contact your local representatives to offer your support or voice your opposition.